Mav triggers

I realize that many MAV sufferers struggle with constant dizziness, and that it can be made worse by certain triggers ( foods, lighting etc. ). Does anybody know exactly what is happening during the Migraine? Are blood vessels to the brain constricting or dialating? Is there less oxygen in the blood to the brain? Are signals from the eyes to the brain disrupted by flourescent lighting? Hope these questions aren’t too unusual, but I have to wonder why so many seem to be afflicted today. I am curious if MAV was as prevalent 50 years ago as it is today. Is there any possibility that plaque in blood vessels could play a role? Is there any information out there that would indicate who might be more at risk? Last question! Who would I be better served by since my MAV diagnosis (ENT or Neurologist)?
Thanks,
Brett

Hi Brett,

Have a read of this thread I posted months back to answer some of your Qs:

http://mvertigo.cloudapp.net/t/what-is-migraine/1558

Migraine is a genetic disease that affects around 10% of the population. It would have been just as prevalent 50 years ago. I have no idea how people coped with MAV before meds were available or before there was any information made widely available by technologies such as the internet. Many must have been locked away and written off as crazy.

See a neuro-otologist.

Best … Scott

Scott,

I have read your thread from months ago and found it very informative. Re Brett’s last question, do you know if plaque in the blood vessels could play a role? I have wondered that myself.

Thanks,
Denise

See a neuro-otologist.

Best … Scott

Hi Scott,

I am very curious why this was your rec? I would have recommended a neurologist to treat someone diagnosed with MAV (of course the neurologist must understand MAV…lol) and I am really curious as to your reasoning.

Thanks buddy,
lisa

Scott,

Thanks for the information. I read your thread and it was very insightful. This forum has been an excellent resource and I have gotten some much needed help. I have traveled the long road to get the diagnosis of MAV and will hopefully find the right combination of diet, exercise and possibly meds. to suppress the effects of constant dizziness. It appears that there are questionairres periodically on this forum which pertain to the many aspects of MAV. Do you know if anybody compiles all that data?

Thanks,
Brett

Hi Brett,

Glad it’s all helped you out. I haven’t compiled any of the data from polls here becuase I’m not sure it reflects the true scenario of drug treatment – that is, can it represent the most effective treatments across the population of migraineurs out there? I do have a hunch, however, that the benzos are probably universally effective for most people with MAV. The other meds are all hit and miss and this is the way it is described by specialists and in the literature.

Feel free to compile the data if you’re up for it … you’re not wrong about this being a very long road.

Scott :slight_smile: